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Iconic engine inspires Jim's book tribute to national gem

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 03, 2013

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Fans of the Flying Scotsman will be able to meet author Jim Baldwin, who will be signing copies of his new book Flying Scotsman: The Most Famous Steam Locomotive in the World, at the Gainsborough Model Railway Society's open day on Sunday, October 6.

"I first became aware of Flying Scotsman when it departed from my very own local station, Victoria Station in London, back in 1966 with the very last non-stop run by a steam loco from Victoria to Brighton," says Jim.

"I was truly mesmerised by this highly polished, bright green, giant steam locomotive, complete with its brightly painted red nameplates, as it dominated the scene.

"Over the years that followed I became personal friends with all of the private owners of Flying Scotsman and the late Alan Pegler, who owned the locomotive back in 1966, was a regular person for a chat to find out about what was happening to 'the old gal'."

Jim, a professional film producer and picture editor, has produced 35 programmes about Flying Scotsman and decided a complete reference work about the famous locomotive should to be compiled.

Jim adds: "I set about putting together the vast jigsaw of its known history into a single book and began interviewing as many people as possible who have been associated with this locomotive."

At the open day, the society's large model railway will be in operation as usual, and it will also be a chance to celebrate its connections to the iconic locomotive.

Model Railway Society chairman Chris Wragg says: "Flying Scotsman was a locomotive closely associated with our society for many years. Alan Pegler, who first bought the engine when it was withdrawn by British Railways, was our president for more than 50 years.

"We are very pleased that Jim has chosen to join us to sign copies of his new coffee table book, which has 30,000 words and 200 images about Flying Scotsman."

Open day 1.30pm to 6pm at the clubrooms, Florence Terrace, Gainsborough. Admission: £4 adults, £3 children and senior citizens, £10 family ticket.

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